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Posted by dfwfirstrealty on December 16, 2019
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Just west of Lake Ray Hubbard sits a small bedroom community known as Rowlett, TX. What was once a small population of 44,503 as per the 2000 US Census, population has ballooned out to 66,285 by 2018 estimates. The City of Rowlett gets its water from the North Texas Municipal Water District and is the organization’s largest non-member buyer, making water prices higher in Rowlett than in neighboring cities.

In 2015, the City of Rowlett gained regional recognition when Donahue Development and the City published plans to build the first crystal lagoon in the State of Texas which will span nearly eight acres including two acres of beach frontage. There is also a planned one acre show fountain which is 300′ long with 250 water nozzles and two video mist screens. Located in the development will be a trolley system, marina, shows and concerts, convention center, luxury hotel resort, two condo towers, and luxury apartments. This development would be called “Bayside”. Bayside is located in the southernmost portion in the City of Rowlett surrounded by Lake Ray Hubbard. The property, once known as “Elgin B. Robertson Park” was acquired from the City of Dallas in late 2015 when the City of Rowlett and Donahue Development began planning this luxury resort known as “Bayside”. Construction on this project is in progress and is expected to be completed in 2023. Although the plans for the crystal lagoon have been scrapped, the majority of the project remains as planned. What once was a bedroom community, is now a community set for success in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

On the evening of December 26, 2015 a violent storm produced a deadly EF-4 tornado that tore a 13 mile path from the neighboring city of Garland, Texas, through the southeast portion of Rowlett, severely damaging or destroying hundreds of homes and vehicles along with several businesses and a city water tower.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of Rowlett is rated number 8 of the fastest growing cities in the United States with 5.1% growth from July 2017 to July 2018.


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